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Undefeated Champ

Acura's MDX midsize SUV wins an Automotive Best Buy award.

Acura's MDX seven-passenger SUV was upgraded for 2016 with a nine-speed automatic transmission and improved features to enhance safety, tech interfaces, handling, and interior voice controls.

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The luxury MDX was named an Automotive Best Buy in the premium midsize SUV category.
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Recently, the Acura was given another feature to offer consumers: an Automotive Best Buy Award.

The 2016 Consumer Guide® named the MDX as the Premium Midsize Crossover/SUV. Acura's RDX SUV and TLX midsize sedan also were awarded.

“Earning Consumer Guide Automotive awards for our TLX midsize luxury sedan and class-leading RDX and MDX luxury SUVs demonstrate the growing strength and balance of the Acura lineup,” said John Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura division. “We’ll continue to build on this strong foundation in the future with vehicles that deliver on the core Acura brand values of precision-crafted performance.”

The MDX has earned the Best Buy distinction in the premium midsize crossover/SUV category six times since 2009.

The MDX has comfortable seating for large adults in the first two rows while accommodating smaller adult passengers in the third row. Cargo space swells generously when the third row folds flat.

The SUV offers AcuraWatchTM driver-assistive and safety features for all trim models. Add-ons include adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. Numerous voice controls that reduce the need for touch-screen or manual knob selections proved valuable. The GPS system functioned well.

All-wheel drive handling was decent. A few tweaks to its 3.5-liter engine get the vehicle to reach 60 mph a big quicker.

The ride was cushioned and comfortable with four-wheel suspension systems, and the MDX offers a quiet cabin. Soft leather seating is ergonomically satisfying.

Only one glitch to report: The miles-to-empty gauge kept changing up and down.

Solid profiles give Acura's MDX a distinctive look. The vehicle has a reputation for reliability and resale value, and it has received safety ratings.

Likes: Firm ride, handling, safety, cabin space, versatility, and upscale features
Dislikes: Miles-to-empty gauge and price
Bottom Line: Unless you want the MDX’s comfort and passenger space, the RDX may be a better choice.

Tom Crosby is a contributor from Charlotte, N.C.

January/February 2016 Issue


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